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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

EDITH KIMSEY LEAGUE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Edith K. League of Asheville, North Carolina, served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1943 to 1946.


BIOGRAPHY

Edith Kimsey Whisnant League was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and graduated from Biltmore High School in 1926. She then studied physical education at the North Carolina College for Women (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and graduated in 1931. For one year she taught at a high school in Wadesboro, North Carolina, where she met her first husband. They were married in 1931. They moved to Gaston County, where League taught until World War II.

In the fall of 1943, League joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). She went to basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and then to officer training at Fort Des Moines in Iowa. She attended motor transport school in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a course in sex education at Johns Hopkins University. For a few months she traveled throughout the South giving sex education and hygiene lectures to army and air force women. By June 1944, League was recruiting in Missouri. She was then stationed at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, first in the finance department and later as the commanding officer of the WACs. League was discharged from the WAC in 1946.

Around 1947, League married her second husband, John Benedict, whom she met at Keesler Field, and they returned to North Carolina. After their two children were born, she worked for the Black Mountain News and then for the local Ford agency before retiring. In 1972, she and Benedict divorced, and in 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart, Ed League. They moved to Tennessee in 1994, just before Ed League’s death. Edith League died on 21 April 1999.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Oral history interview with Edith Kimsey League, 1999
Item # WV0061.5.001
From the Edith Kimsey League Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Photograph, 1943-1945